Lyter’s pitching day leads Huskies to win
From staff reports
HARRISBURG – Mifflin County got pitching, defense and some timely hitting and defeated Central Dauphin on Tuesday 7-3 in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth softball contest.
Shelby Lyter ran her record to 2-0 on the young season with a complete game performance where she struck out eight Central Dauphin hitters.
“Shelby is always going to give you an advantage going into the game,” Mifflin County manager Jack McCurdy said. “I thought she did a good job.”
McCurdy also noted how well Lyter, who relies on her pitches moving, handled the strong crosswinds on the blustery day.
The Huskies also got a 3-for-4 day at the plate from Tara Kibe and a 2-for-4 effort from Kale Hunter with each knocking in a pair of runs.
“We’ve also had some kids step up,” McCurdy said. “Kale Hunter stepped up (at the plate) and Jordan Shirey made a double play on a line-drive.”
The junior varsity team won by the same 7-3 score with Darcy Wilson getting the win with 12 strikeouts.
Mifflin County (2-0, 2-0) will be back in action Thursday when it hosts Carlisle.
Upper Dauphin 8,
ELIZABETHVILLE – An eight-run third inning was enough for Upper Dauphin as it disposed of visiting Greenwood Tuesday by an 8-6 final in Tri-Valley League softball action.
Nikki Willi and Mackenzie McCoy each doubled for the Wildcats, who didn’t quit, putting three runs on the board in the fifth.
The Upper Dauphin closer came on and struck out five Greenwood batters the final two innings to shut the door.
Greenwood was hampered by defensive issues, committing seven errors in the game.
“We’ve been right in games, but defense has let us down,” Greenwood manager Troy Gantt said. “I think we had four errors in (the third) inning. You can’t give good teams that many chances to score runs.”
Greenwood (0-3, 0-3 TVL) will play against West Perry on Friday at the Perry County tournament.
Mount Union 19, Moshannon Valley 2 (3 inn.)
MOUNT UNION – Liza Feagley hit a game-ending grand slam in the third to seal a 19-2 three-inning mercy-rule win for Mount Union over Moshannon Valley Tuesday in an Inter-County Conference softball game.
Feagley was responsible for nearly a third of the Trojan runs, having smacked a two-run double as part of the team’s 11-run second that set up the quick finish.
“Her stroke is coming around. She started kind of slow but she’s coming into her own here,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “We took advantage of their mistakes and played some good softball.”
Reegan McCaulley went 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs to aid the home team.
Mount Union (5-1, 4-1) hosts Southern Huntingdon Thursday.
Juniata 16, Newport 13
MIFFLINTOWN-Juniata withstood a sixth inning comeback attempt to hold on, dropping Newport 16-13 on Tuesday in a slugfest at Juniata High School.
Megan Shoop led the way for the Indians, going 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs and Maddie Zendt picked up the win.
Juniata had six extra-base hits on the day including two triples by Madalynn Marrone en route to the win.
The Indians (3-1, 3-1) will be in action next Saturday when they host Millersburg.
Mifflin County 5, Cedar Cliff 0
CAMP HILL – Mifflin County swept Cedar Cliff 5-0 Tuesday in a boys tennis match at Cedar Cliff High School.
Matt DeBenedetto led the way again for the Huskies, starting off singles competition with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Connor Gill of Cedar Cliff.
Both Conner Saltzer and Clay Morgan breezed to singles victories and the teams of Cody Donaldson/Nate Koller and Ben Renninger/Will Fox took home doubles wins.
The Huskies (6-3, 6-3 Mid-Penn Commonwealth) will be back in action Thursday when they host Chambersburg.
Track and Field
Boys: East Juniata 90, Upper Dauphin 54
Girls: East Juniata 87, Upper Dauphin 62
ELIZABETHVILLE – East Juniata track and field swept Upper Dauphin in a dual meet on Tuesday with the boys earning a 90-54 win and the girls taking a 87-62 decision.
The boys were led on the track by senior David Brantley who swept the hurdles events, taking the 110 in 17.1 seconds and the 300 in 46.6 seconds.
“We won 10 out of 11 boys track events,” East Juniata coach Mark Ritzman said. “That’s always a good thing. It was a lot of people doing a lot of things tonight.”
The girls win was aided by a strong performance in the field events with five different girls each taking a victory.
“The girls really did well in the field,” Ritzman said. “When you have that many sweeps, it’s tough for anyone to overcome.”
East Juniata will travel to rival Juniata on Thursday.
Boys: Juniata 82, Millersburg 68
Girls: Millersburg 82 1/2, Juniata 62 1/2
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata got two victories from Nick Gilbert in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles as the boys defeated Millersburg 82-68 Tuesday in a track and field dual meet at Juniata High School.
The girls got wins in the high jump (4-5) and long jump (13-11) from Hailie Shertzer, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 82 1/2 to 62 1/2 to Millersburg.
The girls did a majority of their work in the field, sweeping the long jump and taking the first two places in the high jump and the discus.
Juniata will host rival East Juniata Thursday at 3:45 p.m.